The euro made me impotent… (and it’s not doing much for inflation, either)
So far, it’s hardly led to virile economies. In the countries that have adopted it, the euro’s performance has been flaccid, to put it mildly. But now a German man claims the switch to the single currency has had a similar dire impact on his personal life – robbing him of his manhood.
(Daily Mail, 2 March 2002, page 23)
Euros left me flop in sack
A bus driver claims chemicals in the new ten euro note have left him a flop in the bedroom. Wolfgang Fritz, 55, says he hasn’t managed to get an erection since he started handling the cash and is suing the German government.
(The Sun, 2 March 2002, page 10)
The source of these stories is a German Greenpeace article and a test carried out by a German laboratory with one 10 euro banknote on behalf of the magazine ‘Ökotest’. Before the launch of the euro notes, the European Central Bank (ECB) tested all seven denominations against the most stringent European health and safety regulations which confirmed they do not cause any health problems in normal use. The laboratory working for ‘Ökotest’ has confirmed that traces of the stabiliser TBT found in a 10 euro banknote are in no way large enough to impact on the health of the users of euro notes (TBT is used as stabiliser in food packaging, textiles, wood preservatives, disinfectants). In order to reach the recommended Tolerable Daily Intake of TBT, the average person would need to eat more than 2,500 euro notes per day over a significant period of time!
Despite the reassuring outcome of all earlier tests of euro notes, the ECB has recently commissioned a specialised laboratory to look into this specific matter and further detailed analysis will be conducted.